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SMCAS General Meetings, 2022

CSM Centenial Celebration and Star Party
Program begins with a Planitarium Show at 5 PM
Friday May 6, 2022

More on this page.

Updates at:


College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.,
Bldg 36-100, San Mateo, California


Friday, 06/03/22 8:00 PM
San Mateo Astronomical Society Annual Meeting and Election Speaker:
Dr. Norm Nasise,
The mission of Star Chaserz is to promote public awareness, education, appreciation, and preservation of one our most precious
and often overlooked natural resources—the “Night Sky”.
To achieve this goal we will offer both live and virtual events through our website (
Live events will include scheduled star parties and public events and will be listed on our website.
Virtual events will include live video broadcasts through telescopes in remote mobile and stationary observatories
located in dark sky areas of Northern California.
 Zoom Meeting ID: 253 926 2920
Passcode: SMCAS Cost: Free


James Webb Telescope updates:

In the Mail and In the eMail

Table of Contents

Events and Club News
Star Parties at Crestview Park

SMCAS Monthly Calendar

The complete SMCAS Newsletter in .pdf format is available from:


SMCAS,  Club Membership

New SMCAS astrophotography website

Ken Lum captures amazing inages with a 4 inch telescope.
Dear Friends:
Was out last night and took an eVscope pic of the Running Man Nebula,
NGC 1973, -5, and -7 in Orion near M 42.
Was listed as a recent Unistellar challenge object.
Very clear last night and should also be good tonight.
Ken L.
Feb 06


Dear Friends:

New Type 1a SN found in NGC 4647 next to M 60 in Virgo.discovered April 16. Here are after and before photos and my own shot Sunday night 5/1.
Ken L.


May 30

Final entry for May Newsletter





Crestview Star Parties

Star Parties at Crestview Park.

Crestview 2010 Sun Chart  



Come out and bring the kids for a mind expanding look at the universe!

The City of San Carlos Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Mateo County Astronomical Society have open Star Parties twice a month. These events are held in Crestview Park, San Carlos California.

Note that inclement weather (clouds, excessive wind and showers) will cause the event to be canceled without notice.

or go to:
for most recent update.


Reasons to Attend
  1. If you have kids interested in space or planets bring them here for a real life view of planets, nebula, star clusters and galaxies.
  2. If you are thinking of buying a telescope or want help using a telescope you own, come here to talk with experienced users.
  3. If you think you might have an interest in astronomy come and talk to experienced amateur astronomers.

        Astronomers arrive to set up at around sunset. Observing starts at about one hour after sunset and continues for two to three hours.

Crestview Park is at W122  17',   N37  29'



With its planetarium, variety of astronomy courses, top-notch faculty,
and special events such as Star Parties.
CSM partners with the San Mateo County Astronomical Society
for SMCAS meetings in the CSM planetarium.
The planetarium is currently unavailable due to covid. March 2022


Astronomy Events in Our Area ( Edited for May )  

Ken Lum's SMCAS Event Listing
Posted 05-30-22

SLAC Physics Lecture Series at Stanford Linear Accelerator

Archive of past lectures:


On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 at 7 pm (Pacific time), Dr. Sandra Faber (University of California, Santa Cruz) will give a free, illustrated, non-technical lecture entitled:
“Do Humans Have What It Takes to Thrive in This Universe?"

On line at YouTube:

[if you go to this address the evening of the talk you will see and be able to participate in the live event; we will also make a recording]

The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series (through Foothill College), now in its 22nd year.

Modern astronomy is revealing the story of our cosmic origins -- where the Galaxy came from, how the Sun and Earth were formed, and how the elements in our bodies were forged in stars and later gathered to form “us”. We are now poised to use that knowledge to predict Earth’s cosmic future, and it looks bright ahead – one billion years (more or less) of a future livable planet. However, one question then glows in stark relief: does our human species – honed by natural selection – have the makings to thrive on a cosmic time scale? In this lecture, Prof. Faber will share her perspective as a cosmologist, and sketch her vision for what we humans need to do to seize this incredible opportunity.

Winner of the National Medal of Science, Sandra Faber is Professor Emerita of Astronomy & Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz. She helped to discover dark matter in the Universe and co-invented the modern scenario for galaxy formation based on it. She led the team that discovered how common black holes are at the centers of galaxies and the one that diagnosed the optical flaw on the Hubble Space Telescope. Her awards include the Gruber Prize in Cosmology and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Recently, she founded the Earth Futures Institute at UCSC to inspire human beings to embrace the task of long-term planet planning.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

* The Foothill College Science, Tech, Engineering & Math Division

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* The University of California Observatories (including Lick Observatory).

2) Everyone is cordially invited, by Zoom or in person, to the 2022 Frank Drake Award Ceremony, May 12th:

The 2022 Drake award will be presented by the SETI Institute to Dr. Shelley Wright (University of California, San Diego,) a pioneer in SETI-related instrument development and research. Wright was a critical member of the team that developed one of the most advanced optical SETI experiments (searching for laser pulses from advanced civilizations) and was the Principal Investigator of the first near-infrared SETI instrument and survey.

The Drake Award is named for Dr. Frank Drake, the first president of the SETI Institute’s Board of Trustees and creator of the so-called ‘Drake Equation.’ Drake is considered the father of scientific SETI research, having conducted the first SETI experiment, Project Ozma, at the Green Bank Radio Observatory in 1960. His “Drake Equation” (estimating the number of communicating civilizations in our Galaxy) is recognized as a roadmap for the field of Astrobiology. Previous winners of the award include Nobel Laureate Charles Townes, Kepler mission founder William Borucki, astrobiologist Victoria Meadows, and Frank Drake himself.

The presentation will take place on May 12, 2022, at an evening public event held at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA. The ceremonies will also be livestreamed via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Additional honorees will include recipients of the SETI Forward Award, which encourages future scientists to pursue careers in the search for life in the universe.

For more information and ticket reservations go to:

By the way, April 12th is a special “giving day,” when many people come together to support the SETI Institute and its quest to understand and find life in the universe. If you’d like to make a contribution, go to:
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UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science 

Lick Observatory:

Lick Observatory Summer 2022 Visitors Program:
Posted April 11, 2022

Plan to arrive after noon and before 3 PM for best access to Public Areas.
This is an all day trip climbing to 4200 feet on the historic
Mount Hamilton Road, Route 130, Alum Rock off of 101 or 680.
Please don't pass bicyclists on the blind curves.

   Gift Shop
   The Gift Shop is your best contact for current visitors progam status.

Visitor Center & Main Building
12:00 noon - 5:00 pm
Shane Telescope Gallery
Every Day: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitor's page

The APF Telescope is now doing science.
What this means to you (all)  is that the dome and telescope can move at any
time without warning. Often we are doing tests during the day so please don't
enter the building unless you have a good reason to be inside.

Summer Visitors Program

Guided tours

Summer Programs

The Shane Reflector,
celebrating the first 50 years

From Eyeballs to Electrons is the first online exhibit from the Lick
Observatory Historical Collections Project.

The exhibit draws on artifacts and images from Lick's collections
to illustrate the evolution of light detection in astronomy,
with special attention to Lick Observatory's role.

Part One begins with astronomy's first detector, the human eye,
and ends with photography's long reign as the principal means for
recording starlight.

The Historical Collections Project is a work in progress. It was
created to preserve and make accessible the observatory's historical
holdings through cataloging, online databases, and exhibits.
Please visit the Project website at:

Lick Observatory, telescopes and visitors program.
Technical talk given to the Peninsula Astronomical Society.
Posted January 2022

UCO astronomers prove the existence of
Black Holes:
Posted November 25, 2020

UCO, University of California Observatories
U Tube page:
Posted Oct 15, 2020

A new era for Lick Observatory's Twin Astrograph
Posted February 2020

The Apollo Cube Reflectors and Lick Observatory

Lick Observatory on 'Facebook'
posted November 11, 2014

Mount Hamilton Wildflower Collection

California Condors visit Lick Observatory

Music of the Spheres,  2001 program.

About Adaptive Optics

Adaptive Optics on U Tube

For those of you with an interest in Java Programs and/or
extra-solar planet search see:
This is a forum run by students and instructors at Lick Observatory
concerning the reduction of extra-solar radial velocity data.
Update at:

Super Planet Crash, The Game
(This link updated February 24, 2022)



Keck Observatory Science Talks  



Disney Museum in the San Francisco Presidio

California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park

The Tech Museum downtown San Jose

Western Amateur Astronomers

Peninsula Astronomical Society

PAS membership information

OTHER CLUBS EVENTS  For regularly-updated information on other astronomical organizations and events
we refer you to the website of the Astronomical Association of Northern California:

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASP Website

U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey,
Public Programs:


The Intel Museum

Computer History Museum

JPL on_line

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